Summer is just around the corner, and as the weather continues to heat up, it's time to start thinking about what kind of refreshing snacks you can prepare for your kids. If there's one snack that's always a smash hit with the kiddos, it would definitely be popsicles, but the only problem is that the average store-bought popsicle is loaded with refined sugars and questionable chemical coloring agents. Fortunately, you don't have to be relegated to sweet treats that contain unhealthy artificial ingredients – below are some healthy popsicle recipes to help you beat the heat without sacrificing nutritional quality.
Strawberry Watermelon Ice Pops
- 2 cups of watermelon
- 1 medium-sized lemon
- 10 medium sized strawberries (1-1/4" in diameter)
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly for about 15 - 20 seconds. Be sure to taste the mixture to check for sweetness level. If it's too sweet, add about 1/2 cup of water to dilute. Now pour the mixture into the popsicle molds of your choice (feel free to get creative with the shapes) and freeze for about 4 to 6 hours. Eat up and enjoy!
Ultra-Creamy Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles
One of the best flavor combinations on the planet is sweet and sour, and these ultra-creamy raspberry lemonade popsicles offer this delectable balance of flavors to perfection. By merging the natural tartness of raspberries with the subtle sweetness of vanilla bean yogurt (which, by the way, contains a healthy dose of protein), you can basically achieve popsicle nirvana.
- 1 cup of vanilla bean yogurt
- 1 cup of frozen raspberries
- 1/2 of a lemon (juiced)
- 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
Mash up the frozen raspberries, and then stir in the lemon juice and honey (or maple syrup). You can modify the quantity of honey or maple syrup depending
Pineapple-Blueberry Lemonade Ice Pops
This recipe combines so many delicious and refreshing elements; it's basically like having perfection in popsicle form. Not only that, but this delectable dessert is a nutritional powerhouse due to the antioxidant-rich pineapple and blueberries.
- 1 whole pineapple
- 2 lemons' worth of lemon juice
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Chop up the pineapple into cubes or chunks. Add all ingredients (except the blueberries) into a blender and blend at high speed until the mixture is completely smooth. Now pour the mixture into your ice pop molds and drop a few blueberries into each mold. By keeping the blueberries whole, you're going to provide an amazing burst of flavor when the popsicles are ready to eat. Freeze for about 4 hours, and then enjoy your delectable treat!
As you can see, you can provide delicious sweet treats for your children without dumping a bunch of refined artificial ingredients into their system. Keep the above recipes in mind so that you can prepare yummy, refreshing and delicious snacks on those sweltering days!